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PEN Canada relies on its annual report to bring awareness to and raise funds for its programs that support persecuted writers and defend freedom of expression. This year's report “Unentitled” aims to reach a broader audience by bringing attention to the complex reality of new beginnings for persecuted writers who have sought asylum and refuge in Canada, as well as PEN Canada’s efforts to support them as they transition to a new life in Canada.
The theme “Unentitled” is brought to life through intimate one-on-one interviews with seven persecuted writers supported by PEN Canada’s writers in exile program. Their stories shape the experience of transition – from asylum seeker to landed immigrant – and the complicated process of learning how to be free for the reader. Dramatic black and white portrait photography juxtaposed with bold typography are used to convey the overwhelming nature of that transition.
Reaction to “Unentitled” has been overwhelmingly positive from all stakeholders. The annual report will be leveraged as the platform PEN Canada’s 2016 upcoming marketing/fundraising activities.